BMW Active Tourer Outdoor previews 1-Series GT, gains spray tan

BMW will reveal an updated version of its Active Tourer concept car, the Active Tourer Outdoor, at the OutDoor Friedrichshafen fair in Germany.

Like the original Active Tourer concept car, the Active Tourer Outdoor previews the forthcoming front-wheel drive 1-Series Gran Turismo tall-boy hatchback. The front-wheel drive mechanical package will be shared with the third generation of the new Mini.

In addition to its gleaming bronze (sorry, orange) body work — the original Active Tourer concept was painted in a more traditional silver finish — the Outdoor version features a reworked interior that has a carrier system built into the boot that can carry up to two bicycles.

Beneath the handsome, strikingly coloured body is the same experimental plug-in hybrid drivetrain from the original Active Tourer concept. This combines a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine driving the front wheels with an electric engine that powers the rear wheels. According to BMW, both Active Tourer concepts have an electric-only range of around 30km, and a fuel economy rating of 2.5L/100km. Combined power is said to be 140kW and the 0-100km/h time is 8 seconds.

Expect a selection of more traditional petrol and diesel options for the new 1-Series GT.


Length: 4,350mm
Width: 1,833mm
Height: 1,576mm
Wheelbase: 2,670mm

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]